I admit it. I do not have much experience in the work force, but from the little amount of time I was employed, and from my parents, I gathered some work ethics that could make you a more respectable person. Of course, I am in the process of learning them too, because work is work and nobody likes to work… So here are some tips:
1. Take responsibility:
Do your task, but do it well. Treat it like something important and put effort into it. Be thorough, be reliable, and be punctual with your deadlines. This is where you build up the trust people have for you.
2. Be honest:
Everyone makes mistakes and there are misunderstandings. That’s human nature. When it happens and you’re at fault, don’t try to hide it. It is very tempting to make up a lie and cover it, but bullcrap is very apparent to others. Not to mention that it’s cowardice. If you come clean and admit your faults and explain the situation, most often than not, people are forgiving and they will help you find solutions.
3. Never point fingers:
There are other times when a colleague screws you over. You follow someone’s advice and it doesn’t work out. When the boss confronts you about it, don’t put all the blame on the person you sought help from. That’s not very good character. Instead, point the finger back to yourself and say you didn’t know how to go about doing it. At the very least, spread the blame equally, insisting on “we”. After all, it was your duty to get the job done anyway.
4. Ask questions:
This is very important when you’re new to the company. There will bound to be many things that are unclear when you first start. Don’t be afraid to ask, even simple and obvious questions. Because if you never ask, people will never guess that you don’t know. Clarifying things for yourself will benefit nobody but you.
5. Offer help:
A company is always a teamwork. Even though everyone has their individual roles, it is always kind to offer help when you notice someone is struggling. Even a lending a small hand that will not take much of your time will be a huge encouragement. If someone feels gratitude toward you, they are likely to return the favour when the world turns, especially in terms of connections.
6. Do not complain:
Nothing is more annoying than hearing someone constantly complain. You are not the only one having many things to do, working long hours, getting a lack of sleep. Stand up and take it like a man. That’s not to say to be enslaved by your boss, but doing a little extra work will only prove you as hardworking. Take it as an experience and an opportunity to learn.
7. Never look down on people below you:
This includes janitors, those will a lower position, and people who train under you. Don’t ever feel superior to them and underestimate their abilities. Being a successful worker and leader is also knowing how to be humble and to appreciate others. Without them, a company, or city, cannot function. Imagine a world without bus drivers and garbage men! Don’t forget your origin; you were once there, and you might end up there again at a point in life.